In Memoriam

Jean Franklin (Wallace)


Jean Franklin (Wallace) of Salinas was unexpectedly taken from our lives on Friday, February 8, 2008 at the age of 46.

She was born on April 6, 1961 at the former Fort Ord to Shimeko and Robert Wallace. Jean attended local schools in Seaside and graduated from Monterey High School in 1979. Immediately following graduation, she moved to Nevada to work with her sister. There she met and later married her first husband. From this union, her daughter, Shimeko was born. Within two years, Jean started working full-time at the Presidio of Monterey to support herself and her daughter.

In 1987, she returned to school and later earned her AA degree at MPC. She remarried and had her second daughter, Arnetia. She then began her career with the postal service, returning to school at California State University, Sacramento to further her education by obtaining her BA degree, thus opening the door to promotional opportunities.

Dedicated to the postal service, she continued her career and worked at locations in Sacramento, Oakland, Marina, Salinas, and, most recently, in Capitola where she was honing her skills in management. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for approximately 17 years.

Jean was actively involved with the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International as well as the Japanese American Citizens League. She was devoted to helping others and the friendships she established gave her much support in her life.

Because Jean had only one sibling, she had a special bond with her older sister during her childhood, adolescent and early adult years. They shared many happy times together.

In recent years, Jean's relationship with her oldest daughter was beginning to blossom and she enjoyed her role as a grandmother to her daughter's son, Aidan. She equally enjoyed her time with her youngest daughter as she made her way to adulthood. Jean never missed an opportunity to give flowers to her mother whether it was a special occasion or not; she was truly a thoughtful daughter.

At the time of her death, Jean was building her "dream house" in Seaside on the very property where she grew up. She came from humble beginnings and overcame many obstacles in her life and this was certainly a dream come true. She was always working hard at bettering her career and her life for herself and her children.

Jean was such a fun person and was a good friend to many people. She was truly loved by so many who knew her; all will sorely miss her.

She is survived by her daughters Shimeko Franklin of Monterey and Arnetia Gamble of Salinas, mother Shimeko Wallace and Sister Yoko Hoffman, both of Seaside, grandson Aidan Franklin Ewing of Monterey, numerous nieces, cousins and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1992.

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